Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  2. 2 Trip Report Namaste--Nepal trip report November 2015
  3. 3 Trip Report Annual Fall Asia Trip
  4. 4 5 weeks in Japan
  5. 5 Advantage of using Smithsonian Tours
  6. 6 Trip Report Holiday in Cambodia - plus Myanmar for a wedding.
  7. 7 Tokyo Story's Setsuko Hara dies at 95
  8. 8 Trip Report Kathie and Cheryl are off on another SE Asian adventure
  9. 9 Trip Report TRIP REPORT: Just returned from first visit to Japan!
  10. 10 Trip Report India trip report-brief recommendations
  11. 11 Trip Report Myanmar- Popular Sights and even a few hospitals!
  12. 12 Lodge in Borneo
  13. 13 Best Singapore Sunday Brunch Hotel?
  14. 14 China and Japan help
  15. 15 Crossing Myanmar with own car (Thailand -> India) in Aug or Sep 2014
  16. 16 Trip Report Trip report: Horse riding holiday in Sri Lanka – October 2015
  17. 17 First time – Solo - Japan 2016
  18. 18 Thank You Fabulous Fodorites, and some Upcoming Trip Questions
  19. 19 India - Bangalore, Mysore & Agra
  20. 20 Requesting Passport Number
  21. 21 Air India Versus Jet airways. Which is best for India
  22. 22 Kompong Kleang or Kompong Phluk?
  23. 23 Planning for a trip to Northwest Vietnam
  24. 24 Phu Quoc
  25. 25 looking for Vietnam based TA to help plan trip
View next 25 » Back to the top

Transport options between Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Jump to last reply

I will be visiting Laos next February for ten days, flying in and out via Vientiane as part of a longer trip including Sri Lanka via KL. I prefer to avoid flying in country if possible.
After reading many trip reports here and on other forums it appears the intercity buses, including VIP and sleeper buses, are rather uncomfortable and unreliable. Minivans or private drivers with cars seem to be the best option.
I would appreciate any suggestions on the subject from those who have travelled in Laos on these questions and any other info you feel useful:
1. What would a car with driver cost for a 6 to 9 day trip starting and finishing in Vientiane via at least Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang, possibly with a side trip to Plain of Jars? I would use the driver while in the towns as local transport too.
2. Is it best to book that in advance or just wander around the various agencies on arrival? Or should I take a chance on drivers arranged by a hotel?
3. If I use minivans between the cities, how do I select and book them?
I have lots of other questions, but that’s enough to begin with 
Cheers, Alan

4 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.